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To my dear fellow New Yorkers:

If you are like me (and if you are on my flist, I suspect you are), you like books. You probably like them a lot. If you are like me, then you might have spent your childhood addicted to the public library. You might have felt a little thrill of excitement every time you went to the library, to see what new books you could bring home today. You might have been willing, back before interlibrary loan was all internetted, to shell out 40 cents to place an order for a book you were dying to read. You might have had your world opened up in a million ways by the books your local branch of the public library could provide.

If you are like me, then your public library made all the difference in your life when you were growing up, and if you are like me, then it still does.

Right now, there is not enough funding for public libraries. If you can give back financially to your library, more power to you. But if you're poor like me, there's another easy way for you to help. My branch is having a letter-writing campaign right now. Maybe yours is too. You write a letter. You put it in an envelope. You give it to the librarian, and the library mails them all out. It's not hard. It's completely free. And it really makes a difference.

At the mayor's office, and the city council, they count these letters. These letters tell them how important Public Library is to the people of this city. Is it important to you? It's important to me.

So give back to the library. Write a letter. It doesn't even have to be complicated. In fact, there's even a form letter that I will reproduce here for you:

Form letter, below the cut. )

And here are the people to send it to )

So write a letter. Write two. Write ten. If your branch isn't having a letter-writing campaign, you can write them and give them to me and I'll give them in at my branch. It's so easy. And it's free.

If you're like me, you've been using your library for free (aside from a few fines) for most of your life. I think it's time to give a little back.
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So I decided to go book hunting today. I checked at Book Crossing and it said that a bunch of books had been released recently into Bryant Park. So off I went. AS I stepped out, it started to drizzle, so I felt very much like a girl with a mission - rescue the books before they got rained on!

I made my way very quickly to Bryant Park. It wasn't really raining, only drizzling very very lightly by then. I looked all around - at all the statues, on all the tables - nothing. This seemed wrong, somehow. If so many books were released so recently, the odds ought to be very good that at least one is still there. So I went to the park maintenance guys and asked them about it. The manager thought he remembered somebody bringing in the book I was looking for - it turns out they collect everything at night! So he gave me his card and told me to call him - he'd see if he could find it. So that was that, a loose end, but promising.

Then, I decided to explore the Library, because it was right there. It's beautiful. It's this huge building for storing books - most of which are referece only, and most of it isn't really browsable - you have to ask for a specific book - but even so, it's cool. I spent a bunch of time in the library gift shop, lusting after beautiful book related things that cost more money than I have.

Then, I went across the street to the lending branch of the New York Public Library, and became a card carrying member! This is wonderful for a variety of reasons, most specifically because they have about ten bookshelves of SF/F books, if not more, and that's not counting the paperbacks. I found so many lovely books there, I felt like a kid in a candy store - and settled for taking out 7 - all I could carry home - including Diana Wynne Jones's Tough Guide to Fantasyland, which I've been looking for for ages.

And, it's thursday. I love thursdays because they're not wednesdays. Two classes, starting at 10:30 and ending at 1:15. What more could I ask for? Blessed, blessed thursdays!
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Okay. So, as part of New York is Book Country, they had Alan Lee come and give a discussion on behind the scenes art of Lord of the Rings. It was excellent - really informative and interesting, and we got to see never before seen footage of TTT, as well as the trailer - a longer one that the others I've seen so far.

And - I got an autographed copy of The Hobbit, and a picture with him.

Very, very much fun.

I'll post more details a little later, when I have time!


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January 2016



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